Kolena Thomas, Founder & Lead Planner

With over a decade of experience in wedding and event planning, Kolena has executed a wide range of events in varying design aesthetics, logistical complexity, and price points. She has managed a spectrum of different styles of events from uptown black-tie affairs to a casual beachside elopements. Kolena prides herself on thinking outside of the box to create a one-of-a-kind experience.

Kolena's background is in business management, event management, communications, & marketing. Throughout her career, she has worked in various capacities from being a Catering Director for a large private club to implementing security and disaster plans for a large corporate brand. Design, logistics, and event planning have always been her strongest attributes and what inevitably led her to open her own brand creating flawless events for couples in love in the Washington, DC region. 

On-site at events, Kolena can best be described as calm, in charge, and working with grace under pressure. She seamlessly will orchestrate all of the moments that will become your most cherished memories while simultaneously fading into the background. 

Kolena's company is top rated in the DC area and was awarded the Couple's Choice award by WeddingWire in 2020. Her work has also been featured in various publications including: United with Love, Virginia Bride, Washingtonian Weddings, and Hill City Bride. 

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"Blue Sapphire Events" is inspired by Kolena's own love story and the one of a kind blue sapphire engagement ring she received from the love of her life.

Blue Sapphire Events is a full service wedding planning and design company located in Arlington, VA. We serve all of the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Northern Virginia, Central Virginia, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 

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